29.12.2011 - 07.01.2012
Rejoin my travel comrades for New Year celebrations in Sydney. Its good to see the girls again as they left Melbourne a week before I did. We take a trip out to Palm Beach although everyone would recognise it more as the location of Summer Bay from Home and Away. Plenty snaps of the surf club and kiosk! Its just a pity they were on a break from filming. Meet Garry and Triona here, they’ve just arrived from Kuala Lumpur where Triona unfortunatley was hospitalised with Dengue Fever but is well on the mend now! John joins us that night too, it’s like a mini school reunion!
New Years Eve we spent at Luna Park, an old style amusement park right on the harbour allowing us fantastic views of the bridge for the fireworks! A lot of people gather in the surrounding parks which also give great views but you have to be there very early in the morning to get a good spot. We don’t take up our spot until 10pm! It’s definitely a different way to spend NYE, reliving your childhood in a place that could be compared to Funderland. The fireworks kick off at 9am for the kiddies and then at the stroke of midnight after the big countdown. They are nothing short of spectacular as 7000 tonnes of fireworks explode over the sydney sky, lighting up the world famous Harbour Bridge and opera house in reds, greens, blues, and yellows. I’ll try and get a video up soon!
New Years Resolutions = Zero
Fiona and Maria depart for South America to do a Spanish course, we follow a week later so its only the 3 amigos left. In our last few days we manage to fit in the Coogee to Bondi walk, a city bus tour, a trip to Manly (even the ferry ride over is worth the trip for the views of the city alone), catching up with Gemma, a bbq with Brian and Bill (cheers lads for putting us up!), visit to Hyde park and the Anzac memorial, QV building (where they had a huge Swarvovski decorated Christmas tree climbing 3 floors! 17000 crystals apparently) and a spot of shopping! Unfortunately due to the weather conditions we had to cancel our trip to the Blue Mountains but that was the only disappointment! Sydney is a great place, full of activity, there are lots to do and see and we didn’t see half of it!
It was sad leaving Sydney and Australia behind. It has been an amazing 2 ½ months meeting so many wonderful people, having lots of fun and seeing some incredible sights. People ask what has been the highlight? In such a big country that’s a very hard questions to answer, each experience different to the next. I loved every minute of it and will definitely be back at some time in the future.